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Forget the suit and tie, Keyshawn ‘The Businessman’ Davis brought the hammer to Vegas. He dominated the former champ Jose Pedraza in a 6th-round TKO masterclass. Footwork sharper than a tailor’s blade, jabs quicker than a stock market tick, and punches heavier than a CEO’s bonus – Davis ran the show.

He’s now left Pedraza looking like yesterday’s news. Now Davis is ready to move on to the bigger things because right after the fight, he decided to call out Teofimo Lopez. This could turn out to be a big leap for Davis, and he stated that Lopez just needs to send him a contract and the rest will be done by his team.

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Rising star Keyshawn Davis isn’t waiting for his turn. The Olympic silver medalist threw a wrench in the lightweight division by calling out unified champion Teofimo Lopez. Davis believes he can not only match the reigning king but outright dethrone him. This bold claim has sent shockwaves through the boxing world. Furthermore, he’s even addressed this fight in an interview with Fight Hub TV.

Davis stated, “All Teofimo got to do is send a contract, that’s all he got to do. We got the same promoter, we seen each other in the Top Rank office, we can go back to the office, sit down as men and we can make the fight happen. All he got to do is send me the contract and the fight will be happening.” So, he can see himself triumphing against Lopez, and it’s about time that Keyshawn Davis tries out for a title shot.

Well, his callout has reached the doorstep of his rival, and Teofimo Lopez has reacted to Davis’s challenge. He called it a technique to gain attention and nothing else.

After Davis’s post-fight demand for a title shot ignited tension, Lopez dismissed Davis as unworthy. Will Lopez underestimate the young gun? Well, as of now, that’s what it seems since Lopez doesn’t think Keyshawn Davis would be a great fit to be his next opponent. Furthermore, he believes that it’s still too early for Davis to receive a grand stage, and he doesn’t think Davis is at that level yet.

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Speaking with Punch Drunk Boxing Podcast, Lopez stated, “This kid Keyshawn Davis they talkin’ about, he just wants an easy route to be famous. So big-headed. Completely big-headed. Hasn’t done anything in the sport of boxing. Doesn’t even have a world title. Those little belts that he has. I got that the first year I turned pro.” Furthermore, he continued, “S**t that was in three years, three years and some change, I became a world champion at 22 years young.”

So, it turns out Lopez and Davis wouldn’t be getting inside the ring anytime soon, however, the Businessman still hasn’t lost hope regarding the prospect of this bout.

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The promoter is desperate to see a major fight at 140lbs.

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn has called for WBO super lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez to face one of his new signings, IBF title holder Subriel Matias.

Lopez made a successful first defence of his title last week with a unanimous decision win over Jamaine Ortiz in Las Vegas. However, Lopez’s performance was met with criticism with some doubting whether he could be a force at 140lbs.

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Following his win, Lopez continued to call out for a clash with unified welterweight champion Terence Crawford, but the Nebraska fighter has been quick to dismiss any challenges from Lopez.

Now Hearn has called for Lopez to face Matias in what would be a huge unification fight when detailing his plans for the Puerto Rican during an interview with Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel.

“I want him [Matias] to fight all the big fights at 140lbs,” Hearn said.

“You’ve got the winner of Haney against Ryan Garcia, just give me Teofimo Lopez for Subriel Matias.

“Please if you’re watching this, Teofimo Lopez please fight Subriel Matias, it will make me smile.”

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There have been talks about a fight between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs) and the undisputed welterweight champion Terence Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs).

If Pacquiao’s trainer is to be believed, ‘Pacman’ will soon be ready for the potential showdown.

Justin Fortune, Pacquiao’s former strength and conditioning coach, was in an interview with Lucky Block. In conversation, he mentioned that he is not interested in seeing a rematch between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) and instead wishes to see him face Crawford.

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“That’s a massive payday, and guess what, it’s a 50-50 fight. Manny has a 50 percent chance of winning because he’s still a freak athlete, and it wouldn’t take much to pull him into shape,” he said. “The power he has is a gift from God, he hasn’t lost his power. Manny has never ducked anyone. He’s always fought the best, and not saying Mayweather’s not the best, but he’s old. I’d prefer Manny to come back and prove himself against a current world champion like Crawford.”

Fortune stated that pulling Pacquiao back into shape would not be an issue. However, he added they’d have to work on his speed and explosivity. “He was a gym rat. I could pull him back into shape for Crawford in eight weeks. Of course, we’ll need to know when to push him or pull back because of his age,” Fortune mentioned.

Pacquiao’s last professional fight was in 2021, when he fought Yordenis Ugas (27-6, 12 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. However, he lost the fight via decision. Meanwhile, he is all set to face Muay Thai superstar Buakaw Banchamek (242-24-14, 73 KOs) in April.

The only way to “become greater”

Pacquiao’s team might not be the only one eyeing a Crawford fight. In fact, Teofimo Lopez has been vocal about fighting the champ. Lopez had previously taken a dig at Crawford, an action that ‘Bud’ expressed his displeasure to. In a later interview with SkySports, Lopez opened up about his thoughts on a potential Crawford fight.

“I’m the biggest cat in the world, absolutely, and because of that, we face fighters, great champions, and I look forward to facing a fighter like him,” he mentioned. “Because that’s what ‘The Takeover’ is. What would I be if I didn’t do these things? Who would I be if I didn’t face the best? That is the only way I become greater.”

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Teofimo Lopez insists he’s still intent on making a fight against Terence Crawford, and all the noise coming from Keyshawn Davis and Shakur Stevenson is just a distraction because they don’t want him to fight what he calls ‘their mack daddy.’ Check out some of what Lopez had to say below.

“They don’t want to fight. Same thing with this kid Keyshawn Davis they talking about. He just wants an easy route to become famous.

So big-headed, completely big-headed, hasn’t done anything in the sport of boxing, doesn’t even have a world title. Those little belts that he has, I got those the first year I turned pro…I became a world champion at 22 years young.

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Teofimo Lopez reveals he’s serious about a fight against Terrence Crawford  and calls him out to Adam C

 

“It’s all clout. They don’t want me to fight their big boy. They don’t want me to fight their mack daddy who is Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford. He’s the mack daddy of all those guys. And when I said I’ll fight (Crawford) at a catchweight, he knows what I meant by that because I been saying it to everybody prior…between 147 and 154 I’ll fight you. But he says ‘go back to the drawing board.’ That man don’t want no part of me, man.

“Crawford is the only reason I came back, anyways. I get that triple crown…we probably gonna fight next year or the end of this year, but he gonna have to take it.”

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Two-division world champion Tim Bradley has slammed the judging in Las Vegas after Teofimo Lopez’s controversial victory over Jamaine Ortiz on Thursday night, comparing the contest to a similar fight that had a contrasting result.

Teofimo Lopez made his first successful defence of the WBO super-lightweight title last week when he claimed a unanimous decision win over Ortiz, who was challenging for world honours for the first time in his career.

However, many felt that Ortiz, despite being evasive and reluctant to engage, did enough to pull off the upset, displaying classic ‘hit and don’t get hit’ tactics and only being out-landed in three of the 12 rounds.

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Speaking to Pro Box TV, Bradley highlighted the lack of consistency, after the judges awarded a similarly uneventful contest in favour of Shakur Stevenson against Edwin De Los Santos in November, regardless of De Los Santos attempting to apply the pressure in the bout.

“I am still p***ed off. I have been p***ed off, all weekend long. Serious, you can talk to my colleagues, I have been p***ed off about that decision, Ortiz got robbed. Highway robbery in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Let me tell you something, Shakur Stevenson [versus Edwin] De Los Santos, similar fight, less connections, less punches landed and guess who got the decision? Shakur Stevenson.

“De Los Santos was coming forward just as well as Lopez was, he was missing, he was frustrated, and he [Lopez] got the decision, a unanimous decision.

“These same three judges scored this fight, it was a boxing lesson people, that’s what Ortiz put on, a brilliant boxing lesson with a strategy and he didn’t get the credit for it. Shame, shame, shame on Vegas judges.”

Meanwhile, Teofimo Lopez’s father and trainer, has broadcast his belief that his son won practically every round of the clash.

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Teofimo Lopez and Keyshawn Davis have continued to trade heated words and now new footage has emerged to show one saying to the other that they will ‘f**k you up.’

The first rumblings of dissatisfaction between these two talented fighters came at the weigh-in for Lopez’s fight with Jamaine Ortiz which was a first defence of his world title.

Davis asked Lopez what made him mention his name in a previous interview before a discussion of respect ensued. Though it remained cordial, there were obviously lingering emotions that bubbled over after Lopez controversially beat Ortiz with a below-par showing.

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Teófimo López y su encontronazo con Keyshawn Davis: “Si quieres pelear  conmigo, gana un título”

The fight went the distance, with Ortiz opting to move and stay out of trouble for the most part, and Lopez struggled to effectively hunt him down and land many power shots which has drawn criticism from onlookers such as Terence Crawford.

Now, footage has been shared on X by Top Rank that shows Lopez waving his belts at Davis after the win was announced. Lopez also told Davis to shut up, to which Davis replied.

“I’m not scared of that s**t, boy. I come take that s**t.”

Davis fought on the undercard of the fight and put in another fine performance. He became just the second man to stop Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza after Gervonta Davis and did so in the sixth round before settling down to watch the main event.

Whether or not a fight is brewing between these two, only time will tell.

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Although he recently announced his retirement, Shakur Stevenson has now said he is open to fighting Teofimo Lopez at any weight.

The young Newark boxer has won world titles in three weight classes, most recently at lightweight against Edwin De Los Santos though the lacklustre performance was not his best.

Maybe as a result of being frustrated at not being able to get the biggest fights, Stevenson took to X to announce his retirement.

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Lopez has also had a mixed few years. He famously dethroned the magnificent Vasyl Lomachenko with a career-best showing and close points win back in 2020 to unify the WBO, WBA, IBF and The Ring lightweight titles.

In his next fight, however, he lost all those honours to Australian George Kabossos Jnr. After time out to sort out some private family matters he returned with wins over Pedro Campa, Sandor Martin and Josh Taylor which saw him win the WBO super-lightweight title.

He has just defended that belt against Jamaine Ortiz but many onlookers were not that impressed with his showing. Stevenson has now taken to X to say he has reached out to Lopez for a fight after it was revealed Gervonta Davis was not interested.

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“I just dm him to get it all together but he living in a fantasy world I told him I’m here whenever he’s ready lol.”

When weight was brought up, Stevenson replied by saying it was no issue.

“Weight ain’t a problem for me.”

He then claimed Lopez would back out like many of the other fighters he has chased.

“Yeah when it come a to me they always looking for same way out of the fight so they say bs that they know is not right but In due time tables will turn 💪🏾”

Should this fight be made it would represent the high-level contest Stevenson has always said he wanted.

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Abdullah Mason moved to 12-0 (10 KOs) with an eye-catching knockout on Thursday night in Las Vegas.

The 19-year-old American lightweight prospect made the next step up in his career on the undercard of Teofimo Lopez’s world title defence against Jamaine Ortiz.

And it did not take long for him to make an impression.

Benjamin Gurment was selected as the man given the unlucky task of being Mason’s opponent.

The 31-year-old was also unbeaten at 8-0-3 heading into the bout.

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However, it did not take long for him to suffer his first defeat.

Mason punished Gurment early on, pummelling him with ruthless body shots.

Then, the teenager ended the fight in an instant.

With one single lightning-fast left hand, the southpaw knocked his opponent down and out.

Before Gurment knew what was happening, Mason had smashed him to the canvas.

19-year-old 'future of boxing' punishes opponent before ending fight in an  instant with lightning-fast one-punch KO on Teofimo Lopez undercard |  talkSPORT

He tried valiantly to recover, but was clearly unable to fight on and so the referee waved off the contest early.

Both Shakur Stevenson and Ryan Garcia reacted by praising the 19-year-old.

Stevenson tweeted: “I keep tryna tell that he is the FUTURE OF BOXING. And he’s getting more brutal each fight!”

Garcia added: “I have to admit this kid is next.”

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‘Disappointed’ Jamaine Ortiz Questions Teofimo Lopez’s Effectiveness After Controversial Loss

In Las Vegas, a fight night ended in an uproar. Teofimo Lopez retained his title, but not without controversy. Jamaine Ortiz emerged virtually unscathed, his face a testament to evasion. Yet, judges saw a different fight. “Besides his headbutt, my face is clean,” Ortiz declared, questioning Lopez’s effectiveness.

The scorecards—115-113117-111—sparked disbelief. Fans booed, critics fumed. Ortiz felt robbed, hinting at a victory the crowd and his corner saw too. How could a fight so visually one-sided be judged otherwise?

Jamaine Ortiz expects 'the best version of Teofimo Lopez' in their Ring  championship clash - The Ring

In the heated aftermath of the bout, Ortiz didn’t hold back his thoughts. “Disappointed, once again in the boxing game,” he began, his voice a mix of frustration and disbelief. He firmly believed he had dominated the night. “I felt like I won. I felt from the crowd I won, from my team I won, from my corner, just everything around me. I felt like I was dominating the fight,” he remarked.

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Ortiz’s confidence stemmed not just from the crowd’s reaction, but from his own assessment of the fight’s dynamics. “He couldn’t touch me besides his headbutt, my face is clean. Dude couldn’t hit me, not one time, not to the body, not to the head,” Ortiz asserted.

Furthermore, Ortiz elaborated on his tactical superiority. “A lot more effective,” he claimed, detailing his strategy to counter Lopez’s advances. “When he kept coming in, I kept making him miss and then catching him with a check hook. I was landing my jabs, I was keeping him at bay with my jab. Every time at the end of the rounds, I was finishing strong.”

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CompuBox stats lend weight to Ortiz’s claims. Initially, Lopez threw an average of 12 power punches to Ortiz’s 19 in the first 5 rounds. Lopez upped his aggression, averaging 18 power punches in the following 6 rounds, but Ortiz maintained a consistent performance, averaging 15

Despite Lopez’s late surge of 36 power punches in the final round, the fight’s statistics reveal a closely matched contest. The two fighters landed an equal number of punches in half the rounds, with a minimal separation in the others. Specifically, Lopez landed six more power punches and 21 more body punches overall, whereas Ortiz out-jabbed Lopez by eight.

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Teofimo Lopez defeats Jamaine Ortiz to retain WBO super-lightweight world title in Las Vegas

Teofimo Lopez unanimously outpointed Jamaine Ortiz to retain the WBO super-lightweight world title in Las Vegas on Thursday night.

Judge Steve Weisfeld scored the fight 117-111, while Tim Cheathem and David Sutherland both had it 115-113, an announcement met by a roar of boos from an announced crowd of 6,206 at Michelob Ultra Arena.

Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) was making his first defence of his title and was stepping into the ring for the first time since June, when he beat Josh Taylor by way of a unanimous decision, with the American calling out Terence Crawford after his victory.

Teofimo Lopez unanimously outpoints Jamaine Ortiz to retain WBO junior  welterweight title - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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“I am champion. I am king,” Lopez said. “Glory is next for me. None of these guys want to fight me. I’ll fight (Terence) Crawford at a catchweight. I’m here. I’m ready. I’ve always been ready. I’m younger, prettier, and a two-time unified champion at 25.”

Lopez opened the match fighting downhill, forcing himself upon Ortiz (17-2-1), who was fighting in his first world title match and appeared prepared to challenge Lopez after vowing to knock him out, but then spent much of the fight back peddling.

By the start of the seventh, the left side of Ortiz’s face began to swell. Making matters worse for him, a clash of heads left Ortiz bleeding near his left eye a little more than one minute into the round.

The eighth and ninth rounds were more than frustrating for Lopez, who spent more time chasing Ortiz than fighting him. Ortiz, on the other hand, landed timely counters, getting in and out of combinations to stave off Lopez’s pursuit.

“We cannot for one second claim these people, these fighters that don’t want to come and fight,” Lopez said. “I am a champion. I bleed for this, I sweat for this, and I cry for this every time.”

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It wouldn’t be until the 12th round that a steady stream of action with both fighters delivering combinations, Lopez walking through punches to land his own and Ortiz firing back while still moving around the ring.

Lopez landed 78 of 384 punches thrown (21 per cent), two fewer than his opponent from 409 punches (20 per cent), with Ortiz disappointed not to get the result.

“I believe I won the fight,” Ortiz said. “What can I say, I came out on the short end of the stick once again. He couldn’t hit me…he wasn’t landing any shots on me.”

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